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Enterprise Hub announce summer roadshow to inspire local entrepreneurs

A four-week roadshow of business advice and support aims to inspire a new wave of entrepreneurs across the Liverpool City Region.

Enterprise Hub Roadshow will run from June 4 to June 29 across the Liverpool City Region, providing a calendar of events, training and advice for anyone thinking of starting a business.

The road show will be making stops across Sefton with an emphasis on bringing Enterprise Hub events out into the community, giving local residents opportunity to get advice and guidance on their doorstep.

Events will feature informative talks from local entrepreneurs who will share their business start-up stories, as well as offering key guidance about the lessons they have learned along the way and the advice they would offer to others.

Hands-on workshops will help to clarify the processes involved with starting a business, whilst budding entrepreneurs will also have the opportunity to speak directly with business advisors on a 1-2-1 basis.

Those interested can find out more about all the events planned and where to drop into for advice or workshops by following a Facebook page (www.facebook.com/MerseyEntHub) where the full roadshow programme will be available.

Events across Sefton include:

  • Franchising Works Drop-In, Southport JCP, 6th June, 10 – 12pm, 25th June 10-12pm
  • Meeting the Adviser with SAFE Regeneration, St Mary’s Complex, Bootle, 7th June, 10 – 4pm
  • The Onion Business Advice Open Drop-in with Merseyside Expanding Horizons, The Onion, Bootle Strand Shopping Centre, 8th June, 10 – 3pm, 15th June, 10-3pm, 22nd June 10-3pm, 29th June 10-3pm
  • Franchising Works Drop-In, Bootle JCP, 11th June, 10 – 12pm
  • Find Funding with SAFE Regeneration, St Mary’s Complex, 14th June, 10-12pm & 2-4pm
  • Works Drop-In, Hougoumont House, Crosby, 18th June, 10 – 12pm
  • Sefton Start-up Conference, Rent a Space, 9 Dunnings Bridge Rd, 20th June, 6 – 8:30pm
  • Business Magic, SAFE Regeneration, St Mary’s Complex, Bootle, 21st June, 10 – 12pm
  • Essential Finance, SAFE Regeneration, St Mary’s Complex, Bootle, 21st June, 10 – 1pm
  • Social Media for Business, SAFE Regeneration, St Mary’s Complex, Bootle, 28th June, 10 – 12pm
  • Innovation Station: Meet The Inventor, SAFE Regeneration, St Mary’s Complex, Bootle, 28th June, 10 – 2pm

Jackie Williams, Enterprise Hub Project Manager, and Enterprise Director at Liverpool social enterprise The Women’s Organisation, said:

“We’re delighted to be taking Enterprise Hub on a Roadshow across the Liverpool City Region this summer.”

“With more and more people thinking about starting a business, it is vital that these individuals are supported with the knowledge and resources to feel confident in making that decision and really succeed.”

“Through a range of informative events, hands-on training and 1-2-1 advice delivered by a team of experts, the Enterprise Hub Roadshow will simplify the process of going self-employed and give local people that all-important confidence boost to pursue a business dream.”

“Enterprise Hub has already helped more than 4,000 people from across the region to discover more about the logistics of going self-employed, evaluate their business ideas and develop entrepreneurial skills, resulting in the launch of more than 600 new businesses since December 2015. – we can’t wait to help you launch yours.”

Enterprise Hub is working with a variety of delivery partners across the region to roll-out the Business Start-Up Roadshow, including The Women’s Organisation, The Prince’s Trust, Liverpool Central Library Business & IP Centre, Wirral Chamber of Commerce, St Helens Chamber of Commerce, Granby Toxteth Development Trust, Everton Development Trust, Merseyside Expanding Horizons, Franchising Works,  Alt Valley Community Trust, and SAFE Regeneration.

Park Nights return for May Half Term

Active Sefton’s successful Park Nights are set to return this May half term!

The free evening events are designed to give youngsters across the south of borough the chance to enjoy a host of free and fun activities.

Hosted at various locations throughout South Sefton, the early evening events aims to divert young people away from anti-social behaviour by encouraging them to take part in fun filled activities

Throughout the week (Tuesday May 29 – Friday June 1) youngsters can take part in a raft of free activities including street golf, ultimate frisby, climbing walls and more!

Park Nights is organised by Active Sefton and funded by the Merseyside Police Community Cash Back Fund.

Activities include:

  • Dodgeball and Games at Bowersdale Park (5-7pm) Tuesday May 29
  • Street Golf and Football at Kirkstone Park (6-8pm) on Tuesday May 29
  • Ultimate Frisbee and Games at Derby Park (5-7pm) on Wednesday May 30
  • Climbing Wall at Netherton Activity Centre (6-8pm) on Wednesday May 30
  • Street golf and Football at Crosby Coastal Park (5-7pm) on Thursday May 31
  • Ultimate Frisbee and Dodgeball at Kirkstone Park (5-7pm) on Thursday May 31
  • Street Golf and Football at North Park (5-7pm) on Friday June 1 

For more information contact the Active Sefton Team on 0151 288 6286.

Mersey community groups funded to the tune of £115,000

Fourteen community groups from Merseyside and Halton have received funding to help boost recycling, re-use and waste prevention in the region.

£115,000 is coming from the Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA) and Veolia Community Fund 2018/19, which has been running annually since 2006. The financial support will help the selected groups to reduce waste, encourage recycling and materials re-use, and prevent carbon emissions.

Some of the projects funded include:

  • The reduction of food waste through cookery clubs and growing local produce
  • Re-using and upcycling unwanted furniture
  • Creative sewing classes to encourage textiles re-use
  • Creating a school garden green space with used plastic bottles
  • A pop-up re-use shop selling donated goods
  • Refurbishing and redistributing furniture, clothes and tools

Successful applicants have been awarded up to £25,000 for schemes which operate across Merseyside and Halton, and up to £8,000 for projects which work solely at local authority level.

Graham Morgan, Chairperson of MRWA, said:

“Giving local groups the opportunity to get involved in looking after their environment can only bring benefits to all and can help us appreciate items as valuable resources rather than something which otherwise might be just thrown away.

“These projects can have a significant impact on their local community and make Merseyside and Halton a cleaner and greener place for us all to live and work.

Carl Beer, Chief Executive of MRWA, said:

“The successful applications made it clear that they understand the importance of resource efficiency and community education. We’re really looking forward to seeing what they achieve.”

This year projects must tackle one or more of the four priority household waste materials which have been identified by MRWA as key, namely Food, Plastics, Textiles and Furniture. An analysis of waste in Merseyside and Halton in 2016 highlighted that a greater amount of these materials could be re-used or recycled.

The impact of the 2017/18 Fund saw 12 projects deliver 28 full time equivalent jobs (created or safeguarded), participation by 479 volunteers, 29,178 people directly engaged and 1024 tonnes of waste material diverted from landfill.

Projects have until March 2019 to deliver their schemes.

Welfare support

Sefton Council is continuing to support some of the borough’s most vulnerable residents by earmarking more than half-a-million pounds to help them.

 Despite a continued reduction in support from the Government, the council has committed £500,000 to its welfare support scheme. The scheme was established to provide support for vulnerable, low-income families hit by unexpected financial crises, domestic emergencies and the impact of welfare reform.

 This funding will be monitored closely and may be re-evaluated if the demand for services exceeds the current budget. 

 The council has committed to continue to fund the administration of its local welfare services to ensure that those who need support are able to access it when support is needed. Financial resources will also be used to support Sefton’s helping hand service which manages the provision of essential household items.

 South Sefton and Southport foodbanks will also benefit from a tranche of the funding which will help the services to maintain the necessary levels of food and other items in response to referrals from the council’s local welfare scheme. In addition, a significant portion of the budget will help to support the provision of gas and electricity awards to applicants.

 Without this funding, many people across Sefton would not have access to vital hardship support, forcing them to go without or faced with no option but to take out high cost loans to pay for basics such as food, energy or furniture.
 
 Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “It’s telling that due to the Government’s austerity measures we are seeing an increase in residents who need additional welfare support. It is clear that food bank usage is growing and more and more people, including those who are in work, are finding it difficult to support themselves as a result of welfare reform.

“The Council has rightly set aside a significant budget to help keep essential welfare services running, but the hard truth is that even this extra financial support may not be enough for these vital services to meet the increased demand.”

 Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, added: “It is a shame that in 2018 we are still seeing so many Sefton residents who are finding themselves impacted by welfare reform and facing poverty.

 “Government cuts have meant that services that provide support to vulnerable people are finding themselves at breaking point and local charities are finding it increasingly difficult to cope and offer support.

 “It is so important for the council to ensure that its local communities are able to receive the support they need when they are experiencing severe financial hardship. We are doing all we can when sadly we know more needs to be done.”

Leading Sefton health figures say ‘no’ to sugary drinks!

Sefton Council is working with Food Active to promote the new GULP (Give Up Loving Pop) Early Years campaign called ‘Kind to Teeth’.

 The campaign aims to improve knowledge and raise awareness of the health risks associated with consumption of sugary drinks in under-fives. 

 Developed by registered nutritionists, the campaign has been launched as part of National Smile Month and is the UK’s largest and longest running campaign to promote good oral health.  

 Research shows that by the age of five, nearly a third of children had obvious decay in their milk teeth.  In another study, 12% of three-year-olds were found to have evidence of tooth decay having on average three decayed, missing or filled teeth – and sugary drinks are a major part of the problem.

 This is despite the fact that babies are only recommended to consume breast milk (or formula milk if necessary) until six months and then milk and water are the best sources of hydration for babies and young children.

 Sugar is not necessary for the diet, especially for children and when consumed in the form of sugary drinks, can cause a whole host of health issues, from tooth decay to obesity and type 2 diabetes. Lots of sugar can often be hiding in many baby juices and other sugary drinks marketed at the early years.  

 The Kind to Teeth campaign has been developed by registered nutritionists, dental health and early year’s specialists and forms part of the well-known GULP campaign.  It is aimed at parents of children under five years of age, to help promote healthier drinking habits in the early years and will involve a number of electronic resources for local authorities to utilise.

 Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “Improving the health of Sefton’s young children is a key priority for us, so I am very pleased that the Kind to Teeth campaign is being promoted in Sefton. 

 “Nearly a quarter of our 5-year-olds start school with dental decay and a quarter in Reception year are overweight or are an unhealthy weight by the time they start school. Tackling unhealthy drink habits in the early years is a crucial preventative measure to protect our young children against poor dental health and weight gain”

 Matthew Ashton, Director of Public Health for Sefton and Knowsley, added: “When children are young, we have a fantastic opportunity to influence healthy food and drink patterns, as habits are often established when children are young.  

 “This campaign will help to educate parents on the health risks associated with consuming sugary drinks in the early years, and emphasise that water is the best source of hydration for their young one. We hope it will help to influence healthy drinking patterns from the early years and throughout their growth and development into adulthood.”

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